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Any plans for January 2 to January 5, 2010? No?

How would you like to attend the New York Cake Convention thanks to the wonderful people at the U.S. Confection Connection

That’s right, you read that correctly.

The Daring Kitchen, in conjunction with the U.S. Confection Connection, is offering one lucky person the chance to attend the New York Cake Convention from January 2 to January 5 on an all-expenses paid trip.

The winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to New York City to attend the convention. The prize includes round-trip airfare for two (the winner plus a guest of their choosing), hotel stay (weekend stay, double room at the Hotel Pennsylvania - Monday morning checkout), weekend pass to the NY Cake Convention which includes Demonstration Area Weekend Pass, Live Cake Challenge, Saturday Night Dinner, Meet and Greet with one chosen instructor, access to vendor and competition area and the chance to assist pastry chef Michelle Bonmarito in the Antique Book Cake class she will be teaching.

Sounds like an amazing way to start off a new year!

So how will this contest work? Here’s what you need to know:

  • This contest is all about cake decoration. We’re asking you to decorate a cake to represent what the Autumn means to you.
  • Starting with a 9-inch cake as your base, create a visual representation of one of the most colourful, beautiful seasons: Autumn. Your cake can be homemade or store-bought, but you MUST start with a completely undecorated cake. It can also be a single layer cake or a multi-layer cake, that’s up to you!
  • Submit your creation by midnight, Eastern Standard Time, on November 9th.
  • Your submission must include three photos: one photo of your 9-inch cake, undecorated; one photo, mid-process, of you decorating your cake; and one photo of the finished result.
  • You can only enter once.
  • The entries will be judged in the following categories: originality; execution; and best representation of Autumn.
  • The contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents, 18 years or older (the contest isn’t just for members of The Daring Kitchen, it’s open to the general public).
  • After the contest has closed, a winner will be chosen and announced on November 14th on The Daring Kitchen.

Here are the rules:

  • You can only enter once.
  • You have to submit three photos: one of your undecorated (no frosting, no fondant) cake base, one of the partially decorated cake, and one of the final result. [Note: If you’re a food blogger, you can blog about your entry once you’ve submitted it. Just be sure to link to the New York Cake Convention event, the Daring Kitchen and the U.S. Confection Connection in your post.]
  • You can use any medium to decorate your cake (i.e., buttercream, fondant, sugarcraft), however, it must all be edible (no non-edible decorations) and it must all be made by YOU!!! For example, if you want to use chocolate leaves to decorate your cake you have to make them yourself.
  • You must include the following information with your submission: The name of your creation and what inspired you in decorating your piece. As well as an email to lamiacucina AT adelphia DOT net and creampuffsinvenice AT gmail DOT com with the following information: YOUR FULL NAME, YOUR MAILING ADDRESS AND A PHONE NUMBER WHERE YOU CAN BE REACHED DURING THE DAY AND/OR NIGHT, AND YOUR DARING KITCHEN USER NAME.
  • You must upload your submission in the designated public forum at The Daring Kitchen. Only these submissions will be accepted (do not e-mail us your submission, JUST YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION).
  • The winner of the contest must be prepared to recreate the cake (dummy version) for the convention.

How will the contest be judged?

Lis and Ivonne will be choosing 10 finalists from all the submissions. Together with the kind folks at U.S. Confection Connection, a grand prize winner will be selected from the 10 finalists.

Tips:

  • Remember that this contest is about cake decorating and showing off your imagination. Don’t worry so much about the actual cake flavour as that will not impact the judging in any way.

POST YOUR SUBMISSIONS IN THIS FORUM BY NOVEMBER 9TH!!

One more thing …

While the contest is only open to U.S. and Canadian residents, we want to encourage everyone around the world to get their cake decorating caps on so Lis and Ivonne are happy to offer a copy of Roland Mesnier’s Basic to Beautiful Cakes to top non-North American entry, as chosen by Lis and Ivonne.

Good luck!

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What a lovely challenge.

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Woohoo! Sounds like a fun challenge. Smile

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Sounds great, hopefully I can find the time!

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Ooo. I think I just have to move to the US... too much stuff happening! Great contest!!

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Sigh... what if I agree to wing my way across from here? Can the rest be paid for? I'd love to enter the contest & am going to get my thinking cap on right away! Even if I don't qualify, might as well try & decorate an Autumn cake! WOW!!

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Woo hoo!! Will try and make the deadline. Sounds awesome

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Deeba said:

"Sigh... what if I agree to wing my way across from here? Can the rest be paid for? I'd love to enter the contest & am going to get my thinking cap on right away! Even if I don't qualify, might as well try & decorate an Autumn cake! WOW!!"

Awww but we're giving away a book for those who don't live in North America.. you have a chance at winning that.. Smile

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Is this one of the challenges? I'm new here so bare with me lol..

I'd love to join too... to experiment a field i've never been serious about before!

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This is a fantastic challenge! I have a question regarding the rules. Can we use a dummy cake (styrofoam or cardboard) as long as the decoration is all real and edible? Would that fall within the rules, or does that cake portion have to be real cake?

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Welcome to the group, Madame Sucre!! Smile

The cake decorating contest is NOT a Daring Kitchen Challenge. It's completely separate and doesn't count as participationg for the group(s).

We don't compete with the challenges.. we're more of a learning/support kind of group, so unless we're holding a contest of some sort you won't have to worry about competitions on The Daring Kitchen. Smile

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Hi Bethylou!

Since this is all about decorating, I see no reason why your submission can't be a decorated dummy cake, if all your decorations are edible and made by you. Good question! Smile

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Perhaps the supportive nature of the DK's is getting to me, but this sounds like a fun thing to try, even if cake decorating isn't my strong suit. Without any expectations or pressure, might just whip something up as an excuse to try some decorating tricks for the first time. Thanks for this guys.

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The excitement brews inside of me, can't wait to enter. I love love love Michelle, she's so sweet and helpful.

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This is a wonderful challenge! I have a question, does the cake have to be a 9-inch round? And can the cake be carved/shaped or should it be a round only?

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Great challenge!!! And no time to particapate... Sad Maybe next time, but please, please, please don't forget to let us see all the amazing cakes people are making.

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What a fun challenge! But also a little intimidating, my friends and family think I'm a great cake decorator but I've only taken 1 Wilton class and I know there are so many extremely talented decorators out there.
What a wonderful prize! I'm not familiar with Michelle, so I read her profile on the NY Cake Convention site and realized that the "spring garden" cake that she demonstrated in 2000 on Martha Stewart is the cake that my friend and I tried to recreate when we were in high school, that was my first cake decorating experience--how ironic!!
Hopefully I'll get over my hesitancy and just do it!

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sweetnams wrote:

This is a wonderful challenge! I have a question, does the cake have to be a 9-inch round? And can the cake be carved/shaped or should it be a round only?

Hi! The cake can be round or square as long as it's 9" - no sculpting/shaping though, sorry. But you can cut the 9" into layers and fill those layers with buttercream or your choice of filling, if you are looking for something with height?

Good luck - can't wait to see what you come up with! Big Grin

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ajmack11 wrote:

What a fun challenge! But also a little intimidating, my friends and family think I'm a great cake decorator but I've only taken 1 Wilton class and I know there are so many extremely talented decorators out there.
What a wonderful prize! I'm not familiar with Michelle, so I read her profile on the NY Cake Convention site and realized that the "spring garden" cake that she demonstrated in 2000 on Martha Stewart is the cake that my friend and I tried to recreate when we were in high school, that was my first cake decorating experience--how ironic!!
Hopefully I'll get over my hesitancy and just do it!

Aww I hope you do join the competition, aj! Don't underestimate yourself.. just because the people who say you are a great cake decorator are friends and family, doesn't mean they aren't being honest! I really hope you get over your hesitancy and have fun with this! Big Grin

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Lisa and Ivonne, I think the challenge is for you this time round! It is going to be real hard to pick one from wonderful group of Daring Bakers. All the Best! Batting Eyelashes

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What a great challenge. Go DBs!

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Awesome! I'm also a little intimidated, but you never win if you dont try! Thanks for a really fun new challenge, and exactly what I need to get myself back in the kitchen and motivated!

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I'd love to go to NYC! I've never been to America and that is my dream. I would have entered this competition if I saw it earlier so I had time to order cake decoration stuff on the internet because you can't find it anywhere else in Sweden. Confused

Good luch everyone that enters!

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Hi, Wave I'm a newbee. Just joined yesterday (the 27th) so I hope I can participate in the challenge. Its funny though... if you read my profile you'll learn that I am not competitive by nature, at least not in this arena because I am not a pro. I Just Love Decorating and Creating Beautiful things. The reason I love cake art so much is because afterward you get to EAT IT! How fun is that!
I've never entered a challenge before, so I'm quite intimidated, but, I am looking at this as the first of many. I hope to be around for a long time, getting to know all of you.
Best Wishes to All~~ Taffy~~ Party

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What a great challenge!!!!!

Can you please clarify if we can use dummies or not? It's not added to the rules, so i'm not sure if we can or not.
Also, it has to be only one 9 inch cake? or can be stacked cake, for example 9inch with a 6inch on top?
And can we submit more than 3 photos? If i want to hightlight some details of decorations for example that you can not see in one general photo?

thank you and hope to hear from you soon.

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ttaaffyy wrote:

Hi, Wave I'm a newbee. Just joined yesterday (the 27th) so I hope I can participate in the challenge. Its funny though... if you read my profile you'll learn that I am not competitive by nature, at least not in this arena because I am not a pro. I Just Love Decorating and Creating Beautiful things. The reason I love cake art so much is because afterward you get to EAT IT! How fun is that!
I've never entered a challenge before, so I'm quite intimidated, but, I am looking at this as the first of many. I hope to be around for a long time, getting to know all of you.
Best Wishes to All~~ Taffy~~ Party

Welcome to the group, Taffy! Can't wait to see what you come up with. Smile

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Hopekisa wrote:

What a great challenge!!!!!

Can you please clarify if we can use dummies or not? It's not added to the rules, so i'm not sure if we can or not.
Also, it has to be only one 9 inch cake? or can be stacked cake, for example 9inch with a 6inch on top?
And can we submit more than 3 photos? If i want to hightlight some details of decorations for example that you can not see in one general photo?

thank you and hope to hear from you soon.

Hi Nadia!

Yes, the actual cake can be fake, as long as everything used to decorate it is edible. There can only be one 9" cake used.. you can layer that to reach some height, but you can't use an extra cake to stack on top of it. You can submit more photos if you'd like, although only the "naked" cake, the in-process of decorating it, and the final fully decorated cake will be used for judging. IF your final cake photo needs to be taken in 2 shots, that's fine.. we understand the front might not be the same as the back or sides.

Great questions, thanks!

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Wow! Awesome challenge. Too bad it's not open to non-US residents. Sounds like FUN!

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I'm new to the Daring Kitchen and have never entered a cake decorating contest before, so I'm really excited to try this one out! I do have a quick question though: What do you consider carving/shaping? I have a 9" cake that I don't do anything to (ie cutting, sculpting or carving), but I do work the frosting and fondant so that the cake eventually takes on ridges. Does that count as shaping or is that part of the decorating? Thanks in advance for your answer!

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gummihopper wrote:

I'm new to the Daring Kitchen and have never entered a cake decorating contest before, so I'm really excited to try this one out! I do have a quick question though: What do you consider carving/shaping? I have a 9" cake that I don't do anything to (ie cutting, sculpting or carving), but I do work the frosting and fondant so that the cake eventually takes on ridges. Does that count as shaping or is that part of the decorating? Thanks in advance for your answer!

That's perfectly fine, gummi! Can't wait to see what you come up with! Smile

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As I mentioned on my entry, I'm not comfortable sharing my address and phone number with anyone that would like to see it on the internet. Is it possible for us to email it to you or maybe the winner could be contacted by email?

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Can I ask you a really quick question again?
You said everything needs to be edible. But can i use some elements, like toothpicks or wire, to hold for example flowers spray together or to hold something in?
Thank you. I need to know before i finish the cake.

And we're submitting the photos in this forum, right?
i feel everyone is waiting until sunday-monday, so no one sees your cake idea before...lol

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Hopekisa wrote:

Can I ask you a really quick question again?
You said everything needs to be edible. But can i use some elements, like toothpicks or wire, to hold for example flowers spray together or to hold something in?
Thank you. I need to know before i finish the cake.

And we're submitting the photos in this forum, right?
i feel everyone is waiting until sunday-monday, so no one sees your cake idea before...lol

Crap.. I'm so sorry I didn't see this earlier - I hope you went ahead and did what you had to do.

You must post your 3 pictures and description here: http://thedaringkitchen.com/forums/daring-nycc-cake-competition/submissi...

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I just read the thing about carving Sad It seems odd that we wouldn't be able to carve the cake, since that is a very typical way to decorate... and it doesn't say in the original rules that carving isn't allowed. I was just trying to be creative within the boundaries of a single 9 inch cake.

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Hello everyone, I 've just joined today, I love cakes so I hope I can participate in the challenge.

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A kitchen cake? It would be pretty hard to make one - but if I had to think about making one I would choose it decorated with forks, lots of forks, and bottles of beer Laughing I can't imagine a kitchen without some beer. My husband even joined the beer of the month club to be sure we will receive their monthly magazine.